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Invisalign Braces UK – So How Are Teeth Straightened?

When the majority of people first see Invisalign braces UK, they wonder how on earth they straighten teeth. After all, there’s no brackets or wiring involved, and as such, they’ll hold up just one of a series of aligner style clear braces with a bewildered look. It’s at this point that we show them a selection of Invisalign braces before and after pictures and explain that it is in fact, a series of custom-made aligners that work together to complete the smile.

Here’s how Invisalign braces UK works…

Invisalign Braces UK

With all brace systems teeth are moved using physiological forces, and clear aligners are no exception. Whether that’s with the ‘pull‘ of arch wires threaded through teeth-mounted brackets, or the ‘push‘ of flexible acrylic aligners, applied gentle pressure in any direction should move teeth. With conventional braces, it’s the flexing of the tightened wire as it tries to return to its original position that shifts the teeth. Similarly, with clear braces, it’s the flexing of the plastic over the surface of the teeth that achieves exactly the same results.

That said, just as with arch wires, each aligner or tray can only move the teeth a certain distance. This is based on the makeup and physiological structure of the tooth, while also taking into account factors such as blood vessel and nerve migration. In other words, the further the teeth need to move, the greater number of trays are needed.

With this in mind, let’s say that your starting point for Invisalign braces UK is ‘0’. The next pre-determined position is position 1 and this is the first tray you’ll wear. This custom-made aligner is designed to flex around your teeth and move them from starting point ‘0’ to position 1 as the tray relaxes on the teeth. Around two weeks later this first tray is discarded and replaced with the next tray in the series. This is designed to move your existing teeth from position 1 to position 2. Again, 2 weeks later you’ll discard aligner number 2, because it’s done its job, and replace it with aligner No 3. This will help to move the teeth from position 2 to position 3. This continues until your teeth have moved into the final position. Now all that’s left to do is to take a closer look at your braces before and after pictures and marvel at the difference.


Just like conventional braces Clear braces such as Invisalign work to achieve remarkable results, except this time, it’s carried out invisibly with no obvious signs that you’re wearing them. If you’re looking for a discreet form of orthodontic treatment then come and talk to us about Invisalign braces UK. To book a consultation contact us on 0161 660 1218 and take the first steps towards transforming your smile.








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Invisalign Braces Manchester – Transforming The Way We See Braces

While clear braces UK such as Invisalign braces Manchester, might not be the fastest of orthodontic treatments, they have revolutionized the way that we think about dental brace appliances. Instead of the traditional fixed bracket and wiring style brace system that we all know, aligner style clear brace systems offer removable acrylic trays which are worn over the teeth, just like a gum shield.

So what are the differences between Invisalign braces than normal dental braces?

Unsurprisingly there are many. We’ve already mentioned that this type of clear braces UK does away with brackets and wiring in favour of a clear plastic gum shield; but in addition, (particularly with Invisalign braces) Manchester patients may be surprised to learn that instead of one single appliance worn for the duration of the treatment, Invisalign involves a series of  custom-made aligners (trays) which are changed every two weeks.

So why is this?

Conventional braces move teeth by applying sustained pressure. This is done through a series of self-tensioning or adjustable wires which are threaded through brackets fixed to the inside or outside of the teeth. As the wires are made taut, they gradually pull the teeth into the right position over a period of time. As a result, just one appliance moves the teeth from start to finish.

Conversely, Invisalign braces Manchester use the flex of the resilient clear plastic to push the teeth gently back into position. Each aligner is designed to move the teeth just a fraction of an inch. Once that occurs, and the move is complete, the existing tray is discarded in favour of the subsequent aligner which takes over the next move. It’s this combination of individual moves which culminates in the final end result. The beauty of this system is that you know instantly whether the teeth are moving correctly because if they weren’t, the subsequent aligner wouldn’t fit properly.

Another difference is that they look nothing like a conventional brace appliance. For starters, they’re made from clear acrylic and are shaped just like a soft mouth guard. This means that there are no sharp edges that can rub or cause irritation. There’s no need for regular tightening and adjustments as the trays (aligners) themselves do this, and most importantly they’re designed to be taken out when eating and drinking. This aids dental cleaning and brushing.


While it’s true that they’re not the fastest orthodontic treatment, Clear braces UK do offer a discreet, comfortable way to straighten your teeth, that on the face of it are a million miles away from conventional brace systems. Why not come and talk to us today about Invisalign braces in Manchester today and see what all the fuss is about! To book a consultation contact us on 0161 660 1218 and let us show you the modern way to straighten teeth.

What Does The Inman Aligner Cost UK Patients?

What Does The Inman Aligner Cost UK Patients?

So you might have heard all the fuss about the latest in adult orthodontics and want to know what the Inman aligner cost UK patients? Here at our orthodontics Manchester practice our aligners start from as little as £1000 and as such offer patients a cheaper way of shifting teeth. That said, aside from the cost, there are several advantages that the Inman Aligner has over other adult braces in Manchester .

Surprisingly the Inman Aligner has been around for a number of years but has only recently gained popularity due to the media attention where Hollywood A-listers such as Tom Cruise and R&B star Estelle have been seen sporting them. But it isn’t just the fact that it’s been embraced by the celeb fraternity, that makes them popular. The reason is that the aligner actually does a great job and what’s more it can do it in record time!

The Inman Aligner is one of a growing number of short-term or fast orthodontics designed to concentrate on straightening the upper and lower front teeth which are visible in your smile line. It has the ability to straighten teeth in as little as 6 weeks. As such it’s often used in cases where a patient has failed to wear their retainer after previous orthodontic treatment and their teeth have fallen out of line once more. If you can relate to this then come and talk to our braces Manchester clinic at Church Road dental for advice.

So how does the Inman aligner work? 

Instead of the usual brackets and wiring that most brace appliances have, the Inman Aligner is a removable system that utilises a series of springs and bows to push and pull teeth back into position. Because opposing forces are used in unison, it creates a higher range of movement meaning that teeth are moved quicker.

Is it for everyone?

At our orthodontics Manchester practice we suggest that the Inman Aligner isn’t able to fix problems with posterior (back) teeth or major orthodontic problems. Instead, other forms of conventional fixed braces or clear aligners such as Invisalign would be better suited. That said, the Inman Aligner does what it does and it does it well and when you consider the Inman Aligner cost UK, as opposed to say Invisalign, then there really is no comparison.


To find out more about the Inman Aligner as a type of fast braces Manchester treatment, contact us today on 0161 660 1218 and take the first steps towards straighter teeth and a happier you.

Invisible Braces – What Are They And How They Can Help

Invisible Braces – What Are They And How They Can Help

It’s fair to say that for most people dental braces have a certain stigma attached to them. Whether it was because they had to endure wearing them as a child, or whether they knew someone that was continually called names like ‘brace face‘ or ‘metal mouth‘, the thought of having to go through orthodontic treatment as an adult is enough to put many people off. For this reason, a whole host of invisible braces and clear fixed braces were invented to ensure that adults could get the treatment they need. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of them.

Lingual braces

If you saw pictures of  a mouth with both lingual braces before and after pictures it’s fair to say that you would definitely notice the difference. Yet we’d also wager that during the treatment you wouldn’t even notice that the person in question was wearing them. Why? Because they’re incredibly discreet. Whereas conventional braces are designed to fix to the front of your teeth by means of brackets and wiring, lingual braces attach at the back of the teeth. This means that patients can smile, speak, and eat without people ever knowing that they’re wearing them. What’s more, their orthodontic treatment can continue in complete discretion.

Clear fixed braces

In essence, clear fixed braces are similar to conventional metal-style braces in that brackets are attached to the front of the teeth and wires threaded through; except this time, rather than being metal, the brackets are a white ceramic colour and the wiring is both thinner and tooth coloured for a more discreet feel. Similarly to conventional braces, clear fixed braces can fix a number of tooth problems including tooth overcrowding, irregular tooth spacing, and tooth alignment issues.

Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign aligners are about as far removed from traditional braces as you can get. Otherwise known as invisible braces, these aligner style appliances have many differences. Unlike conventional brace systems, they’re designed to be fully removable. In addition, rather than one appliance lasting for the duration of the treatment, Invisalign treatment consists of a number of aligners which are worn sequentially and changed every two weeks. Perhaps the best thing about Invisalign is that they do away with brackets and wiring altogether in favour of clear acrylic trays which are worn over the teeth like a gum shield. Because of their transparency Invisalign braces really are virtually invisible to anyone else but you.


If you’d like to find out more about lingual braces before and after, invisible braces, or clear fixed braces then come and talk to the orthodontics team at Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. To book an appointment contact us directly on 0161 660 1218 and start the ball rolling towards restoring that perfect smile.

Inman Aligner Before And After – What A Difference It Makes

Inman Aligner Before And After – What A Difference It Makes

If you’re looking for an efficient way to straighten teeth, then you might want to opt for the Inman Aligner. Before and after pictures often reveal a dramatic change in the aesthetics of a smile and at our Hulme orthodontics practice, we’d certainly recommend it as a fast fix treatment. Let’s take a closer look at why it’s so popular and how it works.

Any smile dentist Manchester worth their salt should, for a number of reasons, be recommending the Inman Aligner to anyone looking for an alternative treatment. Firstly, while it’s true that there are other aligners on the market, the Inman Aligner is unique because it has the ability to deliver results in a matter of months not years. In fact, although most cases are complete within around 4 months, patients usually see a noticeable difference within just a few weeks. Secondly, while not totally invisible like some removable aligners, the Inman Aligner is more discreet than other traditional metal-style braces. Finally, for patients with minor needs, it’s an ideal treatment because they don’t have to experience unnecessary intensive and invasive treatment that might otherwise cost them a great deal of time and money.

How does the Inman Aligner work?

As a removable brace system, the Inman Aligner utilises two opposing bows (the inner and outer) which are moved by a number of nickel titanium coil springs. As one spring forces the inner bow to apply gentle pressure to the front of the teeth by moving forwards, the other forces the second outer bow to pull back on the front teeth. This creates a squeeze on the teeth causing movement. Forces are gentle but sustained and unlike other brace systems, they can act over a greater range of movement. This is why the Inman aligner works so fast. For this reason, patients see rapid Inman Aligner before and after results. Sometimes in as little as 6 weeks.

Is there a catch?

In essence no! Like all other fast orthodontic treatments, the Inman Aligner is designed to straighten only the front 6 top and bottom teeth which are visible when you smile and for this reason, shouldn’t be used by anyone with more severe bite problems. However, as a fast orthodontic treatment for those seeking purely aesthetic improvements to their smile, it’s arguably the best there is.


Why not contact our Hulme orthodontics practice to discuss your options. To book a no-obligation consultation contact Church Road Dental and Cosmetics on  0161 486 0743 to make an appointment.

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How An Orthodontist Manchester Helps Restore Your Smile

If you’re looking for, or have been referred to an orthodontist in Manchester to help you improve your smile, you may be wondering how they can do that. The fact is that brace systems, when worn for a measured period of time, can dramatically improve your smile. Manchester patients, for example, will want to choose an orthodontic appliance that fits in with their needs/requirements and/or lifestyle. This is understandable and may be something as discreet as clear invisible braces or something as speedy as Inman Aligner braces. However, whatever system a patient chooses, they’ll be pleased to know that with the right amount of cooperation from them (the patient), and assistance from us (the dentist), they’re guaranteed a much-improved smile.

While that might be all well and good, how exactly does the process work?


When you’re ready to take the next step towards getting straighter teeth you’ll meet with our orthodontist. During the consultation, Dr. Karim and the team will look at your dental history along with the current condition of your teeth. This will determine the best type of brace system you need. This may be a fast short-term treatment for patients, looking to simply improve the aesthetics of their smile, through to longer full term treatments for those with moderate to major bite problems.


Once the orthodontist has decided on the tools that are going to improve a smile, Manchester patients need to meet the team again for fitting. This is usually carried out several weeks later when the appliance has been made. If it’s a fixed brace system such as lingual braces, ceramic braces, or speedy treatments like C-fast, then it will need to be attached permanently for the duration of the treatment. This is done by gluing small brackets to either the outside (or in the case of lingual braces to the inside of the teeth) and threading self-tensioning wiring through each bracket. The whole process is pain-free and takes between 1-2 hours depending upon the type of appliance. Conversely, if your treatment consists of removable aligner-style appliances such as Invisalign or Inman aligner braces you’ll be shown how to fit and remove them yourself.


Every so often patients can expect to come back to our orthodontist in Manchester to have their braces adjusted. For the first few days, they may feel some pressure on their teeth but that soon wears off. However, our orthodontic team will also want to ensure that your brace is doing the job it’s supposed to do and has started to move your teeth. If not, further adjustments may have to be made. For those who have removable braces, they’ll still need to visit the team regularly to check for progress.


After a few months (or in the case of some full term treatments, a few years) once the orthodontic team is satisfied with the results, your braces are finally removed. Again this is a painless process, although patients may feel a little pressure as the brackets are removed to reveal a straighter arch of teeth. In the case of removable braces, the brace is removed by the patient for the last time to reveal the same results.


If you’d like to find out more about how orthodontic treatment such as Inman Aligner braces can improve your smile, Manchester-based Church Road Dental and Cosmetics can help. Contact us on 0161 486 0743 and book yourself a consultation with our Orthodontist Manchester today.

Teeth Straightening Manchester – Should You Try The Inman Aligner?

Teeth Straightening Manchester – Should You Try The Inman Aligner?

When it comes to teeth straightening Manchester, one orthodontic procedure that’s gaining a lot of popularity in the UK right now is the Inman aligner. UK residents should note that it’s a removable appliance that’s designed to straighten the upper and lower front teeth fast. Normally orthodontic treatments take 18-36 months on average to complete depending upon severity of the condition. However because the Inman aligner Manchester focuses it’s attention on the aesthetics of the smile rather than bite function, results can be achieved in as little as 6 weeks.

So should you try the Inman Aligner?

Where many other orthodontic brace systems are multi-functional, meaning they fix a wide variety of dental issues, the Inman aligner is designed specifically to address overcrowded teeth in patients who have neglected to wear a retainer after previous orthodontic treatments. Clearly these people aren’t overly keen on having to wear fixed bracket and wiring style braces, as they’ve been through the process before, so a removable aligner style brace system could be the answer.

So how does it work?

If you’re concerned with overcrowded or crooked teeth that are visible when you smile, then teeth straightening in Manchester utilising the Inman aligner offers the perfect solution. It consists of a series of nickel titanium coil springs that power two metal bars known as bows. Each bar opposes the other and as they push and pull, they gently guide the teeth back into position. These forces are also active over a large movement range which is why the Inman aligner UK can deliver super-fast results.

Aside from the speedy treatment times, the other advantages of the Inman aligner Manchester over alternative orthodontic treatments are that it’s designed to be removed to enable users to clean their teeth properly. In addition patients only have to wear it for 16-20 hours a day so it enables them to enjoy their food. Perhaps most importantly, as force is being applied from different directions, less pressure is required to shift teeth, therefore wearers should experience no painful movements.

The Inman aligner UK has the ability to change a smile and what’s more, it can transform it fast. So if you’re looking for a quick fix solution to teeth straightening Manchester, the Inman aligner may just fit in perfectly with your needs and requirements. Contact our Church Road dental practice to find out more on 0161 660 1218 today. Alternatively, why not book a no-obligation consultation with Shi Karim and the team and take the first steps towards transforming your smile.

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Invisalign Manchester vs the Inman Aligner – Which Is Best?

If you’re in need of orthodontic treatment that doesn’t necessitate the use of fixed bracket and wiring style braces, your options are unfortunately limited. That said, there are still several choices and these include Invisalign Manchester or the Inman aligner. Cost UK is on a par with that of other countries, so here at Hulme Orthodontics we thought it was a good idea to write a post detailing the advantages and disadvantages of both, with particular attention to teeth crowding.

But why teeth crowding per se?

The prime use of the Inman aligner is to help those who didn’t successfully wear a retainer after previous orthodontic treatment. As such and over time, their front teeth have crowded once more. The issue is that many of these people don’t want to wear braces again and by having an easily removable, non-fixed, aligner style system, both Invisalign and the Inman aligner offer a refreshing alternative.

Firstly Invisalign.

Rather than being just one appliance, the Invisalign aligner is in fact a whole series of aligners made to fit the patient’s teeth. These are worn over the teeth just like an invisible plastic gum shield and the tight fit forces the teeth to move into a certain position. Once the teeth have moved to the subsequent relative position, the current aligner is discarded and a new aligner fitted. The next aligner in the series moves the teeth a certain distance again until eventually, after numerous changes and some time later, the patient has straighter teeth.

So what are the advantages of Invisalign Manchester aligners

  • Enables a patient to straighten crooked teeth without the stigma of being an adult who wears braces
  • They’re made from clear acrylic so once in position they appear virtually invisible
  • They can be used for a wide variety of treatments.
  • The aligners can be easily removed and are not permanently fixed.

While Invisalign has its advantages, it also has its disadvantages. These are:

  • When compared to other orthodontic treatments including the Inman aligner, cost UK is usually higher, so they are not a cheap option.
  • The aligners need to be removed every time you eat and drink anything except water
  • For success, Invisalign aligners need to remain in the mouth for around 22 hours a day, so patients need to be disciplined and conditioned to doing so

So what about the Inman Aligner?

At our Hulme Orthodontics practice the Inman aligner is one of the most popular removable brace systems we have, and not without good reason. As with standard orthodontic appliances the Inman aligner consists of just one appliance that’s worn for the duration of the treatment. It works by utilising a series of springs and bows which push and pull the upper and lower front teeth back into position using gentle sustained pressure. However just like Invisalign the Inman aligner is designed to be removable.

So let’s take a look at the advantages

  • It’s easily removable and easy to clean.
  • It’s less expensive than Invisalign and many other orthodontic treatments
  • Because it’s designed to correct only the upper and lower front teeth it works fast (typically 6-12 weeks).

What about the disadvantages?

  • While discreet, unlike Invisalign, the Inman aligner consists of a a small metal bar which can be seen when patients smile or speak.
  • It can appear more bulky than the plastic aligner shells of Invisalign
  • It’s designed only for correcting the front teeth

As you can see both Invisalign Manchester aligners and the Inman aligners serve a particular purpose, but the Inman aligner being designed for a specific job, is less flexible in terms of what it can achieve. If you’d like to find out more about teeth straightening in general or Invisalign and Inman Aligner cost UK, then book an appointment with the Hulme Orthodontics team on 0161 660 1218 today.

6 Month Smiles Manchester – Fast Orthodontics At It's Best!

6 Month Smiles Manchester – Fast Orthodontics At It’s Best!

People often seek an orthodontist Manchester if they suffer problems with their teeth or jaws. In many cases they deal with children, however a growing number of adults are also seeking advice from our orthodontics Manchester team because they aren’t entirely happy with their smile.  Usually this isn’t because they have a major dental problem but more because they aren’t happy with the way that their teeth look when they smile.

They might for instance have a slightly gapped or flared tooth or a slight misalignment which hinders their perfect smile. In these cases our team may suggest a quick-fix solution known as 6 month smiles. Manchester patients can probably guess that this particular orthodontic appliance is designed to correct problematic teeth in approximately six months. This being the case, then aside from the time frame, how do they work and how do they differ from longer full-term treatments? Let’s take a closer look…

Similarly to long term treatments, Six Month Smiles utilises a series of titanium brackets and wires which work together to apply sustained and gentle force to move teeth. Over a period of time the teeth are pushed or pulled back into position. Where they differ from many full-term treatments is that they’re designed to move only the upper and lower front teeth that are visible when you smile.  When you seek advice from an orthodontist Manchester they will tell you that fast orthodontic treatments such as Six Month Smiles place their emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of the teeth rather than the function of the bite. Therefore if you have bite (malocclusion) problems that need addressing you’ll probably be better off opting for full/long-term treatments such as clear-fixed ceramic braces or invisible braces such as Invisalign. Conversely if you have mild teeth issues and are simply concerned with the aesthetics of your smile, then quick fix solutions such as 6 Month Smiles Manchester offer the perfect solution.

Dispelling a myth…

You may think that this type of orthodontics in Manchester involves applying greater pressure or the extreme ‘tightening’ of regular braces to get the teeth moving quicker. However this is far from the truth. Instead Six Month Smiles utilises standard orthodontic mechanics to gently move teeth, except that the emphasis is on the positioning of the teeth rather obtaining full bite function. For this reason they’re as comfortable, if not more so, than conventional full-term braces.

If you’re unhappy with your smile and are looking for an orthodontist Manchester to help, then come and talk to us about 6 month smiles. Manchester-based Church Road Dental and Cosmetics are your one stop dental practice for all your dental issues, so why not book a consultation with Shi Karim and the team today. Contact us on 0161 660 1218 and take the first steps to restoring your great looking smile.

Invisible Braces UK – What Are They And How Do They Work?

Invisible Braces UK – What Are They And How Do They Work?

Let’s face it, most adults looking to wear braces don’t want to be seen sporting metallic ‘train-track’ style orthodontic appliances. As a result that rules out many types of full-term and fast orthodontic treatment. What’s more, when most people think of orthodontic appliances they tend not to think of discreet or invisible braces UKyet that’s exactly what Invisalign offers adult patients. So what are they and how do they work?

Invisalign is in fact a fully removable, clear acrylic aligner-style brace system which is designed to be worn over the teeth like an invisible gum shield. Rather than one singular appliance that’s worn for the whole duration of the treatment, Invisalign aligners are meant to be removed and replaced every two weeks (just like throw-away contact lenses). Not only this, they’re also designed to be taken out every time you eat, drink, or clean your teeth. Ultimately this means that the patient has full control over when they wear their invisible braces UK and is not restricted in any way by wearing them.

So how do they straighten teeth?

Most conventional full-term braces and fast orthodontic treatment utilise a series or brackets and self-tensioning wiring. Over time the wiring which is threaded through the brackets tightens and moves the teeth by applying sustained but gentle pressure. While Invisalign offers patients this same sustained forced movement, it’s done in a completely different way.

As there are no brackets and wiring, tooth movement is carried out by the clear aligner itself. Each aligner (also known as a tray) is unique and is designed to fit the patient’s teeth with each one maintaining a slightly tighter fit. As each tray is worn the teeth are moved sufficiently enough, so that when the two weeks are up, the next tray in the series fits. Typically each tray moves the teeth just one quarter of a millimetre. This inter-changing of aligners continues until the teeth have reached perfect alignment. This can take anywhere between 9-18 months depending upon the severity of the condition, but can take longer.

So what are the advantages?

Of course the main advantage that Invisalign offers patients is complete and total discretion. Because there are no visible brackets and wiring, the appliance can’t be seen when you smile or speak. This is why they’re commonly known as invisible braces. UK patients may also be pleased to know that because they’re designed to be fully removable, they have full control of when and where they wear them. If for example you’ve got a meeting, a family gathering, or even a date and don’t really want to be wearing them, then you don’t have to. That said, it should be noted that for best effect they need to be worn for at least 20 hours a day. Finally because Invisalign braces are a full-term treatment and not a quick fix short-term fast orthodontic treatment, they can help with a wide number of dental problems.

To find out more information about invisible braces UK and how they can help you restore your great looking smile, contact Church Road Dental and Cosmetics on 0161 660 1218 and talk to Shi Karim and the team who can help.